As reported in Federal Computer Weekly ...
...In 2009, the Veterans Administration (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) started the first pilot demonstration for
VLER (Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record) in San Diego, which involved sharing veteran and military health
data with Kaiser Permanente through the Nationwide Health Information
...The next series of demonstrations will involve exchange of
additional types of data, including lab data, Dr. Steve Ondra, senior
policy adviser for health affairs at the VA, said at a Health IT Day
conference sponsored by the Bethesda chapter of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association) ...
... The NHIN, sponsored by the Health and Human Services
Department, is a system of protocols and standards that allows for
secure data exchange over the Internet ...
... The VLER San Diego demonstration ... has proven
that secure health data exchange can work, Ondra said ...What makes VLER different from numerous other VA/DOD data
exchange and interoperability programs is that VLER is the only program
that involves data exchange with the private sector, where veterans
receive about half their care, he said...